Despite its name, a raccoon dog, is neither a raccoon nor a dog, but it does belong to the canid family, which is a lineage that includes dogs, wolves, and foxes. Five subspecies of raccoon dogs exist, including a Japanese called tanuki. Here are some fascinating facts about the adorable omnivorous creatures that are found in forests, wetlands, farmlands, and urban areas.
THEY’RE THE ONLY CANID THAT HIBERNATES IN WINTER.
Between November and April every year, the animals take a long nap, but they don’t sleep too deeply. If they didn’t store enough fat pre-hibernation and if an unseasonably warm day occurs, they may wake up and forage for food. Before they hibernate, though, their body mass increases by 50 percent so they can store the fat. In the southern hemispheres, the animals don’t hibernate as frequently. (Now imagine a pair of raccoon dogs curled up and snoozing together.) RACCOON DOGS DO NOT BARK.
Instead of barking like a dog, raccoon dogs give off a high-pitched whine or whimper, which can be interpreted as either submissive or friendly behavior. But when the animals feel threatened, they growl at each other. Unlike dogs, they don’t wag their tails, but they do use their olfactory senses to sniff for food.
THEY ARE BRUTALLY SLAUGHTERED FOR THEIR PELTS, AND SOLD AS “FAUX FUR”. Unfortunately, the animals are inhumanely bred for their fur, which is used in fur coats and calligraphy brushes. China supplies more than half of the finished fur garments imported for sale around the world. There have been many cases where garment that were advertised as faux fur were tested, and it was discovered that they were actually raccoon dog pelts, originating from China. #racoondog #stopchina #chinaistherealterrorist #saveourwildlife #stopbuyingfur #banfur #amazinganimals @jo
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